Community Choices fund: new money for participatory budgeting

(adapted from an email from Citizen Participation Network.)

New: Community Choices Fund announced for 2017/18

The Scottish Government has announced the £1.5 million fund will be open for applications until 21st July 2017.

First launched in 2016/17, the Community Choices Fund has supported participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland.

For 2017/18, £1.5 million of the Community Choices Fund is available in two categories of £750,000 each:

  • Category one for Public Authorities which includes Local Authorities and other Public Bodies.
  • Category two for Community Organisations and Community Councils.

The fund aims to support PB activity which will significantly expand opportunities for more local people to make decisions on local spending priorities and contribute to local participatory democracy.

Targeted particularly at work in deprived areas, the fund aims to build on the support provided by the Scottish Government for PB since 2014 as part of a broader agenda around democratic innovation and engaged citizenship.

The closing date for applications is midnight 21 July 2017.

More information: https://pbscotland.scot/blog/2017/6/9/community-choices-fund-announced-for-201718

Art Roots fund

What is it?

A fund created to enable and empower communities to make artistic and aesthetic improvements to the National Cycle Network (NCN), for the benefit of place quality, enjoyment and active travel.

Click here for more detail: artroots-fund (PDF).

Who can apply for a grant?

This fund is for constituted community groups, based in Scotland, with their own bank account. However, we will also consider applications from groups who can show that they are organised and committed, without a group bank account.

How much can be applied for?

Grants of up to £1,500 can be applied for. If the total cost of the project is more than £1,500 then evidence must be shown that the remaining cost is covered (match funding is encouraged for bigger projects).

Deadlines and Timescales

Complete and return your:

  •   Grant application form by 5pm on 10/02/17
  •   Grant claim form by 5pm on 19/05/17
  •   Final report by 5pm on 30/06/17

Youth work funding

(adapted from an email from David Hoy, Commissioning Officer, Communities and Families)

Are you interested in delivering open access youth work with young people aged 11 and over? Communities and Families is opening a participatory budgeting grant programme to support such work in 2017-18. Applications will be assessed by a team of young people and Council officers before a voting process for young people. It will be the combination of these two processes that will determine who is awarded funding.  The total budget available is £60,000 with a minimum award level of £500 and the maximum award level of £10,000. The work should benefit young people in Edinburgh and can be locally based or citywide work.

Application packs will be available on the Edinburgh Compact website from 6th February and the closing date will be 3pm on 24th February.

Briefings for applicants will be held at Waverley Court on

  • Tuesday 7th February 2pm
  • Tuesday 7th February 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 14th February 5.30pm

Please book a place by contacting CF.Commissioning@edinburgh.gov.uk

For further background to the grants programme please read the  Youth Work Funding 2017-2019 report agreed by the Education, Children and Families Committee on 13th December 2016.

We will be sending out further information next week with a link to the Edinburgh Compact website where you will be able to download the application pack, however if you have any further questions then please contact us at CF.Commissioning@edinburgh.gov.uk

David Hoy | Commissioning Officer | Communities and Families | The City of Edinburgh Council | Business Centre 1.3, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG | Tel 0131 469 3457 | Fax 0131 529 6213

 

Leith Decides – apply soon!

Applications for £eith decides need to be submitted soon. The 7th £eith decides programme has been brought forward in the financial year.

Among the benefits to making an application are that it can help to promote your organisation and provide networking opportunities, as well as the possibility of getting a community grant. Continue reading

Leith Neighbourhood Partnership News: Summer 2016

(adapted from an email from Leith Neighbourhood Partnership)

Highlighting the Healthy Leith Action Group

This is a sub-group of Leith Neighbourhood Partnership (NP), which brings together service providers with an interest in health to work on the Healthy Leith priority, identified by local people in the 2014-17 Local Community Plan.  This priority is important for everyone with those affected by poverty, social isolation, disability or addiction particularly in need of local services. Continue reading

OneCity Trust Grant fund open for applications

The OneCity Trust is now open for funding applications. The deadline is 29 April 2016. Click the graphic for more information.

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Registered charities and constituted groups based in Edinburgh and focussing their work in the city with an annual income of less than £200,000 are invited to apply for funding for social inclusion projects.

Susan Shippey | Policy Consultant | Department of Health and Social Care | City of Edinburgh Council  |  Business Centre 1/8, 4 East Market Street | Edinburgh, EH8 8BG | Tel 0131 469 3874  |  Fax 0131 529 6217
email: susan.shippey@edinburgh.gov.uk

Meet the funders

(adapted from a post on the Neighbourhood Partnership website)

The next Meet the Funders event will take place on Thursday 3 December 2015 and will be held in Portobello Town Hall from 1 to 4pm.

‘Meet the Funders’ is a free marketplace event providing access to funding information for community projects.  It is an opportunity for groups to discuss their ideas with potential funders and collect a range of information about possible sources of grant aid.  The event also offers the groups an opportunity to meet and work together.

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